Elephant crushes mahout to death during temple festival
Varkkala: A elephant in musth killed a mahout during feeding time on Friday evening. The deceased was identified as Baiju (45), a native of Kollam. He was the assistant mahout of the elephant. At the time of the incident, Baiju didn’t know that the elephant was in musth.
The incident occurred when the elephant was brought for the festival to the Manthara Bhagavathi temple. The name of the elephant is Rajasekharan and it is owned by Shaji, a native of Paravoor.
After the procession at the temple, the elephant was tied at a private property near the temple on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, the elephant became violent and attacked the main mahout of the elephant. Without knowing this, Baiju approached the elephant to feed it with coconut leaves at 3.30 pm and was attacked.
Though people around tried to distract the elephant by throwing mud and bricks, it proved futile. Baiju who fell on the ground was again lifted by the elephant and hit him on the ground, said witnesses. He was rushed to Parippally medical college, but his life could not be saved.
Sasikala is his wife. He is survived by two children. Funeral will be on Saturday. The main mahout of the elephant who was injured is under treatment at Parippally medical college hospital.